The Educational Stability Team in the Office of Student and Family Support (SFS) works to ensure that children and youth who are homeless, in foster care, migrant, or in military families have full access to a consistent public education.
The Educational Stability Tip Sheets provides guidance on maintaining enrollment, connecting with families, and ensuring access to remote learning opportunities for students who are homeless, in foster care, and in migrant or military families during school closures do to the COVID-19 pandemic.
McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program collaborates with other state agencies and community providers to offer technical assistance, guidance and support to homeless families, students, and districts to ensure that homeless children and youth are able to enroll, attend and succeed in school.
Students in Foster Care
The Educational Stability team collaborates with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and local school districts to implement the provisions for providing educational stability for students in foster care, as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Migrant Education Program
The Migrant Education Program supports migrant children and youth to meet high academic standards through supplemental services that address educational barriers due to frequent moves, educational interruption, cultural and language differences, and health-related problems.
Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission (MIC3)
In accordance with the Valor Act of 2012, which established Massachusetts as a member of the MIC3, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is committed to provide support and assistance to the students of active duty military families to ensure the timely enrollment and graduation of this mobile population.
Educational Stability Resources
Massachusetts Moving to College Housing Scholarship
This scholarship is offered in recognition of students' resilience and proven ability to pursue an education despite socio-economic, racial, and other inequities. It is intended to support graduating high school students who are unaccompanied, experiencing homelessness, and committed to earning a college degree and pursuing career and life experiences that are meaningful to them.
Educational Stability Office Hours and Training Resources
Regional District-DCF Networking Meetings Dates and Login Information
For technical assistance, complaints or other questions please contact our Problem Resolution Services staff at 781-338-3700 or email@example.com.
Homeless Education State Coordinator
Migrant Education Specialist
Assistant Director, Student and Family Support
Rachelle Engler Bennett,
Associate Commissioner, Student and Family Support
Office of Student and Family Support
Last Updated: December 8, 2020
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906
Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370
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